There are many options when it comes to fencing materials and fencing construction, and it’s important to make the right decisions for your unique home. Depending on what you want to accomplish with your new fence, you may decide to go with a certain material or certain style. For most homes this may be a wooden picket fence, or perhaps a vinyl privacy fence. To get started, here's a quick overview of the many different fences you can choose from.
Vinyl: the Newer, Sleeker Alternative
The newest craze in home improvement is vinyl and fencing is no exception. Due to the nature of the material and its uncanny resilience to weather and damage, vinyl fences are taking the nation by storm. This type of fencing even resists fading, and can keep the same shade of color for nearly a decade before succumbing to the elements. It can also be adaptable to different styles of architecture and fencing types. The material can even be modeled to look like wood for a more traditional look, and last far longer. However, this material can become more costly than wood over a large enough area, and its weakness is high winds whipping small debris around. Otherwise, vinyl fencing can spruce up your yard and property’s look for a long lasting duration.
Wooden Fencing: The Rustic Option
Wood fencing is one of the more common types of fencing found in the average American home. Usually found in the privacy, spit-rail style, and picket style types of fencing, this classic, natural choice can really bring out the trees and greens of your yard. Most front yards choose wooden because of the aesthetic value, while the backyard and sides can be a cheaper, more efficient chain link fence (or something similar). Wood has its downsides however, because unless you've invested in expensive hardwood or pressure treated wood, most of the materials are prone to wood rot, termites, and weather damage. But for that earthly, naturalistic touch for your home, wooden fencing is the very best choice.
Wrought-Iron Fencing: For an Old-School Statement
While the original wrought-iron used for the fencing hasn't technically been in production since the 60’s, rod iron fencing is still a viable option for homes and estates today. This type of material mimics the older method for iron fencing, while providing a more cost efficient material. And as a bonus, this new material is actually made of steel and therefore last longer than its counterpart. With all that being said, however, it can become incredibly expensive to use this fencing, especially for larger estates. But for a classy, powerful statement for your property, go with wrought-iron fencing.
Aluminum Fencing: the Best Choice for Pools and Playgrounds
When it comes to fencing in recreational areas, the best option is usually aluminum fencing. Naturally rust resistant, this makes the material the optimal choice for areas near water or pools. And seeing as its stronger than most materials and just as expensive, aluminum is usually the best option for playgrounds as well. Any area where the fencing is going to be squared off and needs to be water resistant (or just durable) can be outfitted with aluminum fencing.